Masa Southwest Bar and Grill
Masa Southwest Bar and Grill

Masa Southwest Bar and Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.masarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7819388886
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast/Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Thursday - Saturday: 5:00 - 10:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest
  • Executive Chef: Jose Cardoza
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Masa has several space options for hosting a gathering. Whether in the private dining area, the bar or even the entire restaurant, masa can accommodate various sized groups. The restaurant is perfect for a jovial holiday party or a more intimate dining experience, making masa the ideal spot.
  • Private Party Contact: Mohamad El Zein 7819388886

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Masa Southwest Bar and Grill
Masa Southwest Bar and Grill is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Just like it's location in Boston, Masa offers an award winning menu of "new Southwest" cuisine, pairing flavors and cooking styles of the Southwestern kitchen with local New England ingredients. They have been awarded "Best New Restaurant" by Food & Wine Magazine. Allison Arnet of the Boston Globe has acclaimed Masa, "A Southwestern Air of Sophistication." Matt Schafer of the Boston Herald has also acclaimed Aviles's food "Amazing." Owner and Chef Philip Aviles, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, brings to Masa the talent and background that makes this restaurant one of Greater Boston's finest.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Masa Southwest Bar and Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (36)great for brunch (28)good for groups (25)great for lunch (18)special occasion (17)romantic (16)kid-friendly (10)great for outdoor dining (9)vibrant bar scene (8)hot spot (7)late-night find (5)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Just so, so.
    Stacy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We arrived at Masa. Was kindly greeted and taken to our table. Extremely limited menu. No specials for dinner, only drink specials. I ordered the house Margarita. It was the WORST Margarita I've ever had. We ordered off the prix fix menu, figuring it would be ok. My husbands chicken was awful. They say slow roasted, not sure if one piecewas cooked? I ordered the filet. It was ok. Flavor was good, I've had better. Another waiter told another nearby table about the Tapas menu. We were never told about it. Chocolate Tacos for dessert were good. Server was pleasant. Will not return.
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  • gourmet dining in the suburbs
    kml123
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent southwest cuisine, Spicy without being [prohibitively "hot". It allows us to taste the spicing and enjoy the blend of flavors. Highly recommend this restaurant. Brunch is excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful food
    hpycamper
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food was delicious. Very flavorful and unique. Thank you for a great night. I'll be back soon.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Had high hopes for this restaurant but walked away disappointed. Ordered a margarita with a high end tequila. It was so sour I could barely drink it and had just a splash of tequila so it had no tequila flavor at all. Had the Adobo chicken which was bland and boring...it was served with sautéed kale which I could have made at home in 5 minutes. The best part of the meal was the crusty bread and the spreads. My hubby had the pork torte which was supposed to be pork shank (normally very tasty) but it was actually just overdone pork loin. The restaurant is very pretty and the service was great, but the kitchen needs some attention. Sadly we won't go back.
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  • Never Disappoints
    enjoying65
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Both our adult children with their spouses (and our one grandchild) live in the Boston area. When we visit, we always have brunch at Masa. Children are welcomed at brunch and have their own menu. My grandson loves the chocolate chip pancakes. The rest of us enjoy the adult offerings. The adults enjoy dinner here as well. Great menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Could have been.....
    TexaschemistVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Excited to visit Masa during restaurant week. Love the concept of southwest interpretations using local NW ingredients. Flaunt as appetizer was very nice. Main course of roasted chicken was quite tasty and well cooked. Chocolate dessert was not edible. Both my wife and I left it alone after two bites. A first for us. Also, our margaritas were left half full as we just thought it horrible. Waiter was nice, service slow, ambiance fairly nice and understated. Just not worth the price nor effort.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Masa Woburn - hidden gem
    foxgrrl
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Dined at Masa during Restaurant Week/Dine Out Boston. Was not disappointed! The food was prepared with creativity and care, the portions were just right, and for a prix fixe menu, there were enough options to satisfy all palates. Was not thrilled with the calamari steak appetizer, it needed "something", fell flat but that was the only disappointment. The chicken adobado was delicious, the pork loin was outstanding, and the coconut flan and chocolate tacos were delightful. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Vtnguyen2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food and service, waiter was very accomodating when asked about a drink not on the menu. Had one cousin under 21 and she didn't want anything other than water, but waiter brought out a complimentary Margarita sans alcohol for her so she didn't feel left out. That was very sweet! Food was great and atomsphere was perfect. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All around great find.
    JessvG
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    All the makings of a moderately fancy restaurant with outdoor seating. Can bring your mother for brunch, take a client to lunch, and enjoy a celebratory dinner here. And, they do a great job welcoming kids and introducing them to finer dining.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Home Run
    RAMPION
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Just had Sunday Brunch and MASA has not disappointed. Awesome Service, seating outside and wonderful food to start a Sunday. Have been here on several occasions and it has never been a disappointing dining experience. Also offered some amazing deals on brunch within certain hours on Saturday and Sunday that will work on any budget minded patrons. An excellent choice for brunch, lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brunch
    enjoying65
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We always enjoy taking our family here for brunch when we visit them. While we wouldn't think of taking our 4 year for dinner, they are child friendly and adults can enjoy a great brunch in a lovely atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great brunch
    RuthieVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Diverse menu. Excellent service. Nice atmosphere and reasonable prices. All in all a great spot anytime
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mmmmmmmmmmm
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We took my boyfriend's father out for a belated Father's Day dinner, and it was fantastic. Pops got the swordfish "Catch of the Day," bf had the steak tips and I had the grilled tequila lime shrimp. Every plate was justifiably cleaned. We ordered a la carte rather than going strictly by courses, although I will return to get a full experience soon. We did indulge in desserts, which were unique and decadent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasteful take on a regional cuisine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Southwestern American food is a regional delight that was popular 20 years ago and fell back so that it is hard to find it in New England these days. I drove an hour to this place because I like the fresh take on ingredients and the ambiance that is upscale like some places I like in AZ and NM. I had tuna with a yellow mole that combines rare ahi which you can get in many Asian places but with wood grilling and a Mexican sauce it becomes something all together different and tasty. I come back here when in the area and take people here, this was a dinner meeting. The service was attentive and friendly without being in our faces. I will come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fathers Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our experience was mixed for this special occasion. While the food quality was good, the service was terrible. Our bread basket arrived after our appetizers and when we asked for the bread basket(which we were told was coming soon) the waitress' response was very rude. When the waiter delivered the 'bread basket', his attitude was very poor as well. My daughter ordered one of the 'chicken' dishes and she got 'lasagna'. Our waiter admitted that he made a mistake and put in the order for the same and it arrived much after the rest of the family finished our dinner. Our waiter was kind enough to ask us 'shall i put away your food until the chicken dish is ready - REALLY'? My family does not want to go back there AGAIN!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why make a reservation?
    Prissl
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    The reason that I did not rate this dining experience as outstanding is due to the fact that I made a reservation for 12:30 and wasn't seated until almost 1:00. The hostess kept telling us that our table would be ready in a minute, which was a flat out lie. I explained that we had time issues, and she reassured me that we would be seated in a minute, and we weren't. I had this conversation with her four times before we were finally seated shortly before 1:00. Sadly, there were many tables open, just waiting to be cleared and set.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, understaffed
    Foodie74
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We had brunch on Father's Day. The food was excellent as always but they were significantly understaffed. Service took forever, tables were left a long while before being cleaned up and even the manager had to switch to be a waiter after the line up front was getting too long
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually a hit, but......
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Usually, we love dining at Masa in Woburn. The tapas menu in the bar is great and it's a wonderful quick stop after work. But, there were some issues with the service that the good food could not address when we ate there for brunch on Father's Day. The host & hostess and the server were great, but the kitchen staff who was delivering meals to guests should have been told to adjust the attitude when entering the dining room. Yes, I know that the restaurant was crowded with families, but that was not an excuse for the eyerolls behind waitstaff who were seating guests. And, it was noticed by those of us who had been seated. Time to have a talk with the whole staff about customer service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A terrific local spot
    Meganmom
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We always enjoy our meals at Masa and it's really convenient. We've never had a bad meal and there are excellent options on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Latin/New American Flair!
    TapwaterVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Unfortunately, it is too easy for chefs to fall into the trap of taking high-end ingredients and over-cheesing, over-frying, or over-spicing them as the way to a Latin/New American meal. The team of chef-owner Philip Aviles and executive chef José Cardoza of Masa is one of the very few that manages to pull off Latin/New American and elevate their dishes to a sublime level. I can honestly say that I have never been disappointed with my meal there, and I have been to Masa many times. As I leave the restaurant I always have that warm tingle in my mouth that says I am just returning from a culinary adventure of the most exciting and satisfying (and Latin) kind. All I can say is, "Bravo gentlemen, hasta la próxima!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Another Great Visit!
    Mike
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Once again, Masa did not disappoint! Celebrating a belated Mother's Day with 3 female family members who had never been to Masa before, each guest was impressed with how delicious their meals were, loved the assortment of breakfast breads, and the decor of the restaurant. Will, once again, was outstanding as our waiter and was very attentive, making each guest feel extra special. Looking forward to going back to Masa for more special occasions in the future!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Fabulous Celebration!
    Sharon
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Six family members had dinner last Friday night to celebrate our Son-in-law’s MBA Graduation. We asked for a quiet table as one of our guests has a hearing problem and we sat in the most perfect area (behind the curtain in the room closest to the back of the restaurant). Our Server, ANGELA was wonderful…attentive but not intrusive and very knowledgeable about the food and preparation of it as well as the bar drinks…she deserves to be commended on the service she provided to us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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  • MisterPico
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Wonderful surprise for a shopping mall restaurant. Would have liked to see just one or two tex-mexy entrees for the non-gourmet in our family.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Tag end of Mother's Day
    BreakingBreadVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We reserved a table for 7pm on Mothers Day. We arrived on time and were told that our table was been set up and it would talk a couple of minutes. Eventually we were seated at 7:20pm Our waiter began well, but tailed off at the end of the evening and seemed preoccupied by carrying piles of dishes. Food was good as usual.
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  • Our Mother's Day Destination
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It has become a tradition for us to celebrate Mother's Day at Masa! We have done it for the last three years and we love it! The service there is always impeccable and the food...where do I begin? Unique and delicious! If you go, don't skip the cucumber basil margarita and don't ever skip dessert!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Comfortable
    EmilyLewis
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Had nice catch up dinner with old friend. Not rushed on a Sat night and good food
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was perfect
    Peony5VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our hosts' greeting was gracious, the "executive mimosas" terrific; the fish tacos and mac n' cheese wonderful; the service cheerful; the atmosphere, as usual, cozy and inviting. We had a great time. Masa never fails us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 48 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1069 reviews are from the Masa Southwest Bar and Grill reviews archive.
  • Still a great place!
    JJGJR
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Unique menu, nice ambience - check it out! Cinco de Mayo menu was really good, and of course the beer to go with it!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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  • spicy and electic
    loveserphim
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great food, most meals are spicy. Even some of the fancy margaritas. Extensive tequila list and even flights!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Beautiful bar scene and great selection of fresh seafood and fish from New England! I looked it up because I was in the Woburn area of work and loved the meal I had there. The scallops were great quality even though the seared scallop and bbq duck appetizer was a bit too small. Ordered the monkfish and mole and Blackened Ahi Tuna steak -both were delicious and cooked very well. I would recommend this!
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    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal but $$
    Alyssa
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    My fiancé ordered the coconut shrimp entree and I had the port shoulder. His shrimp dish came with 4 shrimp and a side of rice. Very tasty but an awfully small portion for $24!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will Be Back
    Jack
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We went to Masa with my sister and brother-in-law for dinner on a Friday night. The service, food and atmosphere were great. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • More masa
    firecracker
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Great place to go after work. Atmosphere is warm and food was great. The tapas were superb and a nice way to taste a variety of food. Drinks were very good too. And the priced were perfect to fit within a certain budget. We will be back
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The southwestern cuisine is a little Mexican and a little good, ole, USA. The food tastes great and the tequila is plentiful.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a pleasant surprise
    Valiant
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    First trip to the Boston area, didn't want to drive far from hotel. Found Masa through Google, highly rated. It was better than expected and should have even higher ratings than it does. Loved the menu, great food, and the drinks were spot on.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • daughter's 27th
    emzee
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Very good food, very good service, quiet because few guests there, pricey
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The OpenTable menu needs to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    The OpenTable menu needs to be updated because there are items online that don't exist anymore on their menu.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and original items
    Winchester
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Creative and original items on menu. Dishes have wonderful blended flavors and are nicely proportioned. There are good reasons this restaurant is always crowded. On weekends you need to reserve in advance.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Masa
    Kacy
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    Very tastytoo food, amazing tequila selection, small portions, salmon was circular in shape (why?), kitchen could not make salmon to order (gluten-free crust) as all salon was "prepped ahead of time." Made me wonder if I was eating frozen food, reheated. :(
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great service.
    Kathy
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Great food and great service. This is a place I would go to again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.